Just a day after one of the biggest shows in Asian boxing history, “The Clash in Cotai”, normal action resumes in Japan with two shows, including a Japanese Super Flyweight title fight.
The most notable of the two Japanese shows is at the Sambo Hall in Kobe as Senrima Kobe Promotions put on their “42nd Festival”. This show, an 8 fight card, begins with a bout between two win-less fighters as Hiroaki Yoshitomi (0-4) and Kazuhiro Hirahara (0-4) battle each other over 4 rounds.
In the shows second bout, also scheduled for 4 rounds, we get a battle of undefeated fighters as Kensaku Kozuki (1-0) fights Kensuke Fujita (0-0-1) before we get the final 4 rounder, though unfortunately we've been unable to get the names of the men in that fight.
In the first of two 6 rounders Shogo Takenaka (4-5, 2) looks to secure his third straight victory taking on Takayuki Morimoto (5-6, 3) who, interestingly, will also be looking to score his third successive win. Sadly we've been unable to identify who will be fighting in the second 6 rounder.
Following the 6 rounders we move on to 8 round action. The first of two scheduled 8 rounders will see former Japanese title challenger Kyohei Tamakoshi (31-8-6, 12) fighting in what appears to be a flat out mis-match against Hiroki Yoshimura (7-8, 4). Although not a big puncher Tamakoshi should have more than enough to see off Yoshimura inside the scheduled, after all Yoshimura has been stopped in 7 of of his 8 losses.
The second 8 round bout will see former world title challenger Junichi Ebisuoka (23-16-5, 10) battling against Cyborg Nawatedani (5-2-2, 3) in what looks like an interesting contest despite the fact the two men have vastly different records.
In the main event the unbeaten Teiru Kinoshita (18-0-1, 3) attempts to make the fifth defense of the Japanese Super Flyweight title as he takes on Ryuta Otsuka (13-5-2, 3).
The other Japanese card is six fight show which begins with four successive 4 rounders. These start with Kazuya Igarashi (0-1) fighting the debuting Yuki Katagiri (0-0), this will be followed by a bout between Kenji Sato (0-2) and fellow win-less fighter Hirooki Nagashima (0-2-1).
Unfortunately we've struggled to track down the fighters involved in the third bout scheduled for 4 rounds. The final bout over the shortest distance will see Sho Kimura (1-1) fighting against Ryo Irie (1-2, 1).
Following the 4 rounders we move on to the shows sole 6 round contest which unfortunately we're unsure on who will be facing who.
The main event on this show, and the only bout currently listed on boxrec, appears to be a bout between promising novice Yusuke Suzuki (2-1, 1) and the much more experienced Masahide Shinabe (6-10-2, 3). Although Suzuki was defeated last time out by Yusaku Kuga there is still a genuine expectation about his future and a win here will be just the first step to reaching those expectations.